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Women R

A selection of images from the archive including student work from Dundee, Chicago, and London. The period extends from 1984 until 1994, my art school days.

During the 1990s I was co-director of the Jibby Beane gallery. We specialised in promoting young postgraduates from London art colleges with some success. Hadrian Pigott, Martin Creed, Marcus Coates and Jane Simpson are among notable names who had some of their first exhibitions there. We also worked on larger scale projects such as 'Don't Be Scared' with Tony Kaye which featured naked performers with HIV/AIDS. 

An exhibitor at the Jibby Beane stand at the Art97 fair in the Business Design Centre, Islington became notorious when he exhibited plaster casts taken from real dead bodies. Anthony Noel-Kelly became the first person ever charged in the UK with the theft of bodies. Although he did an inadvisable interview with the Independent on Sunday during the show it is likely that the only two people who objected, out of the thousands who visited, alerted the authorities. They were doctors who signed the visitors' book expressing their deep concern as to the ethics of creating art from donated body parts. The news went round the world like a wildfire.

I organised a few pieces of performance art and was very interested in the creative potential of video in the 1980s. A performance in Chicago in 1986 was meant to illicit a physical response from the audience. A 'victim' was selected and stripped, caged and removed from the tiny theatre. I performed this act uninterrupted until the last night when a guy jumped up and attacked me in a brave attempt to save the victim. I was so shaken, as was he, that I never performed art again.

I used to do a fair bit of street stenciling with a feminist/agitprop message. I have long been interested in the Situationist movement. A bus stop bench in Chicago displayed the 'Obedience is Suicide' slogan until local pressure forced the advertisers to cut short the six-week contract. Stenciling in the Paris subway nearly got me arrested in 1985. Luckily my French-speaking was so poor I think the gendarme thought it was too much trouble!

Sugar Cube
Sugar Cube 1995
3 Dim
3 Dim 1994
4 Dim
4 Dim 1994
1 Dim
1 Dim 1994
Flatland
Flatland 1993
Flatland
Flatland 1993
2 Dim
2 Dim 1994
2 Dim
2 Dim 1994
Tragic Curve Adsite
Tragic Curve Adsite 1993
The Map is Not the Territory
The Map is Not the Territory 1993
Viroid
Viroid 1993
Viroid II
Viroid II 1993
Chakra
Chakra 1993
Tragic Curve
Tragic Curve 1993
Endless Tower
Endless Tower 1993
1 Dim
1 Dim 1993
CQG
CQG I 1992
CQG
CQG I 1992
CQG II
CQG II 1993
CQG II
CQG II 1993
Monad III
Monad III 1991
Monad I
Monad 1991
Monad II
Monad II 1991
Poster Dispenser
Poster Dispenser 1988
Sexism
Sexism 1987
Women R
Women R 1987
Sexist Crap
Sexist Crap 1987
Women R
Women R 1987
Love Seat
Love Seat 1987
Love Seat
Love Seat 1987
Love Seat
Love Seat 1987
Love Seat
Love Seat 1987
Obedience is Suicide
Obedience is Suicide 1986
Obedience is Suicide
Obedience is Suicide 1986
What Do We Need
What Do We Need 1986
Apart
Apart 1987
Please Untie Us
Please Untie Us 1985
Please Untie Us
Please Untie Us 1985
Please Untie Us
Please Untie Us 1985
Please Untie Us
Please Untie Us 1985
Violation, Eros Art
Violation, Eros Art 1986
Violation, Eros Art
Violation, Eros Art 1986
Violation, Eros Art
Violation, Eros Art 1986
Violation, Eros Art
Violation, Eros Art 1986
Obeissance est Suicide
Obeissance est Suicide 1985
Obeissance est Suicide
Obeissance est Suicide 1987
Obeissance est Suicide
Obeissance est Suicide 1985
Lie
Lie 1984